Thursday, December 22, 2022

TGIFF - Brown Bag Challenge

Welcome to this week's edition of Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday.  TGIFF is the opportunity to share your finish from this week. You can find out who is hosting each week by heading over to the TGIFF blog. If you are interested in hosting, the 2023 schedule has been posted.

Merry Christmas.  Happy Hanukkah.  Happy Holidays.  The holiday season is a time for celebration and a time for giving.  The spirit is in the togetherness and the thought to which you put into thinking about others.

This year, my guild (Maritime Modern Quilt Guild) did a brown bag challenge.  Each participant put 2 metres of fabric (yardage, charm squares, fat quarters, etc.) into a bag.  I got Gillian's bag.  She does not use social media, so I had to talk to other guild members to get some ideas.

There were three fabrics:  maple leaf print, green, and cream.  I decided to make a table runner and placemats.

I was able to make four placemats:  two with green background and two with cream background.  This was a good challenge in learning to use fabric wisely -- measure three times, measure again, cut once.  😉

I used gold thread and quilted a few different motifs, which do not show well in the photos.

I received a wonderful tote bag from Gail.  I put three fabrics in my bag:  polka dot, orange and purple.

I love it!

This was a great opportunity to challenge ourselves to use fabrics we might not normally use and to learn more about a fellow guild member in order to make something specifically for them.

It's time to link up your finishes from this week.  Please visit a few of the link ups to get some inspiration and to share some quilty love.  There will be one more linkup for 2022.

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  1. What a lovely concept! I have heard of brown bag challenges being used to challenge you to use different fabrics, but turning the fabric into a gift for the person who put the fabric in the bag is a really lovely idea. I hope that Gillian gets a lot of use out of her placemats and table runner you made for her!

  2. Wow! I love this challenge. I know Gillian is thrilled with her gift and your tote is lovely. How fun!!

  3. What a fun challenge. Love seeing what you did with what you received. And, then, to see what your partner did with yours. Such fun!

  4. What a lovely set for her table. It’s a great use of her fabric and it sounds like you had to get creative to make do with the amount of fabric shared.

    I love your bag. So happy and bright with the polka dots!


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